The Soccer Desk

Rapinoe Shines in Reign Home Debut in 3-1 Victory

Pino Reign

For a team that hadn’t won a game until this past Wednesday, the Seattle Reign are looking mighty happy.  Maybe it’s because both Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe are now a mainstay on the squad.  But maybe, just maybe, it’s because they won their second match in a row and second overall last night, keeping some glimmer of hope alive that they might make a playoff spot.

The sun beamed down on Starfire Stadum and the 2,318 fans which included a great showing from Reign Supporters Group, the Royal Guard, during the first half.  Unfortunately, the first 45 didn’t give the fans for both sides much to cheer about.  Both Chicago and the Reign made runs up and down the field, but both teams started off slow.  It wouldn’t be until the second half that the game opened up, and the scoring began.

Less than ten minutes into the second half, Kennya Cordner was taken down in the box, awarding Seattle a penalty kick.  Kaylyn Kyle would step up to the box all smiles as she prepared to take the PK.  Chicago keeper Erin McLeod would guess wrong, with Kyle successfully converting for  a 1-0 Reign lead.  Six minutes later, off a great service, Jessica Fishlock would send a howler of a shot from distance over the head of McLeod and into the back of the net, giving Seattle a commanding 2-0 lead.

Chicago would bring it back to within one late in the match though off a corner kick.  The Red Stars’ Wenino would pick up the service, leaping up and putting her head on the ball, blasting it past Hope Solo who, to her credit, was very close to getting her hands on the ball, but her dive was just a little off.  It was a 2-1 game in the 84th, and the Red Stars were still pressing.

Megan Rapinoe, who was used as a second half sub, was having nothing of the close match that this contest turned into.  Having great communication all night with her fellow teammates, especially Jessica Fishlock, the veteran US International put the icing on the cake for her debut, putting away a one vs one chance against McLeod in stoppage time, bringing it back to a two goal match, and the eventual victory.

Seattle will look to continue their winning ways as they play host on short rest this Wednesday night to the Boston Breakers.  These two sides last met this past Wednesday, with Seattle picking up their first victory of the season against the Breakers.  The Red Stars will play the following day when they host the Western New York Flash.  The Flash just put up a crooked number on the Washington Spirit, taking them out by a score of 4-0 thanks in no small part to a Carli Lloyd Hat trick.  Keep your browser set on TSD for all your NWSL news and results.

(photo courtesy of nwslssocer.com)